Here are some lining techniques as requested by I’ve Been Sungified.

Basic Technique
*Top lash line: Tilt your head up slightly, pull your skin taut, look down into a mirror and start from the inner corner working your way towards the outer corner. A pointy but soft brush like Sephora’s Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush (US$8) as shown below would work.


Sephora Long Handle Sable Eyeliner Brush


*Bottom lash line: Pull the skin under your eye down a little, look up into a mirror and start from the outer corner lining inwards. I recommend using a push brush like MAC #212 Flat Definer ($20) or an angled brush like MAC #263 Small Angle Brush ($16.50).


MAC #263 Small Angle Brush



MAC #212 Flat Definer

Today let us look at the different kinds of foundations that are available on the market.

Liquid Foundation
These usually come in bottles and tubes. The coverage can range from super sheer to full. Thanks to their liquid texture, liquid foundations are easy to blend and the coverage can be built up gradually. Another great thing is that you can mix two different shades together to get the perfect match. Liquid foundations also create the most natural-looking finish and are suitable for all types of skin.

Cream Foundation
These usually come in compacts and jars and work best on dry skin. They tend to have a slightly heavier texture and provide higher coverage compared to liquid foundations. Remember to apply sparingly when it comes to cream foundations as a little goes a long way. They are also great for achieving the dewy look.

Cream-To-Powder Foundation
Unlike cream foundations, cream-to-powder foundations actually dry to a powdery finish. In other words, they tend to create a matte look. Cream-to-powder foundations are good for people with combination skin.

I absolutely *love* MAC Fluidlines! I have Sweet Sage, Blue Peep, Blacktrack and Delphic and I am planning on getting more!

Fluidlines are basically gel liners and they are a dream to apply. All you have to do is dip the brush into the product, pull your skin taut and they glide right on. They apply a little moist but dry fast and stay put all day. Plus since they come in bright, funky colors, you can also use them as an eyeshadow base. I did that with Sweet Sage and it did not crease a bit. Highly recommended!

MAC Fluidline is available at Nordstrom and MAC stores and counters.

Stila Smudgepot was my first gel liner and used to be my holy grail until I tried MAC Fluidline.

Compared to the Fluidline, the Smudgepot comes in your everyday conservative colors like black, brown, dark plum etc. and is more suitable for those who are color-shy.

The texture is also different. While it does apply smoothly, the Smudgepot feels drier and firmer. Mine dried up in less than a year even though there was still a lot of product left. I will not repurchase this.

Stila Smudgepot is available at Sephora and Beauty.com for $18.